MUFFTix: Hot Docs 2019
Hot Docs 2019 is just around the corner and we couldn’t be more excited! Every year they outdo themselves with the programming and this year is no exception with 54% of the films directed by women, Tasha Hubbard’s nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up opening the festival and the Persister program, which focuses on women-directed films “about women speaking up and being heard.”
And of course with programming this great, now the hard part is choosing what to see. Our first recommendation would be to access some sort of time turner device so you could see everything you want to see (and then please share that magic with us, thank you very much). But if that fails, we have a few suggestions in the form of a ticket giveaway.
Our pals at Hot Docs have been gracious enough to give us tickets for these four incredible films and we are super excited that our community (you!!!) will get to see them:
Daddy and the Warlord (dir Shamira Raphaëla, Clarice Gargard)
What if your dad wasn't the hero you always imagined? Clarice Gargard grew up with an idealized image of her father, but unresolved questions about his past now haunt her. With stylized mise-en-scène and light games that reflect the multifaceted narrative, this captivating quest by a daughter to understand her parentage tells the sadly common story of faded ideals in time of war. — MORE
Haydee and the Flying Fish (dir Pachi Bustos)
Like thousands of other Chileans, Haydee lives with the scars of General Pinochet's violent military coup. Just 21 years old at the time and pregnant, she was so brutally tortured by four naval officers in 1975 that she miscarried her unborn son. Forty years later, filmmaker Pachi Bustos finds Haydee on the verge of receiving justice through the courts. Original and thoroughly moving, this testament to one woman's resolve creates hope from a terrible silence. — MORE
Searching Eva (dir Pia Hellenthal)
Eva, a 25-year-old Berliner, is determined to show the world that "you can pretend to be whatever you want to be." She models her message through selfies, sex scenes and social media comments that capture the contradictions and fluidity of being everything and nothing at once. Through her fragmented personalities and disarming honesty, Eva demonstrates a new way of being—exposing by posing, self-defining by defying and pleasing no one but herself. — MORE
Behind the Shutters (dir Messaline Raverdy)
Women's stories are often less visible, and yet richer. Moving into her grandmother's house while expecting her first child, Messaline Raverdy sets out to explore what remains hidden inside old boxes and behind long-closed shutters. An ode to women, their work and their changing bodies, Behind the Shutters is also an attempt by a very talented "apprentice filmmaker" to apprehend the intangible fabric of time through cinema. — MORE
We have tickets to the premiere screenings, which means there’s a good chance the filmmakers may be in attendance (!!!!!). You can enter below for as many of the screenings as you’d like but please do note that two of the films are at the same time. We’ll be drawing winners next Friday 26 April and notifying them via email. And of course if you don’t want to take your chances with the contest, you can purchase tickets anytime at hotdocs.ca!